In His Own Words: Sport Director Matt Wilson on Tour de Romandie Stage ThreeFri 26 Apr 2013
Michael Albasini opened up the stage three sprint at Tour de Romandie. Jumping 500 metres before the finish line in Payerne, Albasini looked as if he had the stage in the bag until Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) overtook him on the line. Albasini’s early acceleration proved strong enough for third place in the sprint. In his own words, Sport Director Matt Wilson reviews the day.
It was really good day for the breakaway today. Everyone wanted to get in it. Naturally, that makes for a really fast start. Things settled down after 40 kilometres when six riders finally made it up the road. Travis Meyer and Wesley Sulzberger made a real effort to get in the move but eventually missed out on the one that stuck.
With Team Sky controlling, we focused on the finish, which included a few steep climbs. The break was caught 30-40 kilometres from the finish, and the race became quite aggressive again. We lost Svein [Tuft], Durbo [Luke Durbridge] and Gossy [Matt Goss] before the final, but the rest of the guys were there.
As I mentioned yesterday, today was a good stage for Alba [Michael Albasini], so he was planning to have a crack at it. He gave it a good shot but maybe jumped just a bit too early. Meersman (Omega Pharma QuickStep) and Gavazzi (Astana) were able to overtake him on the line. Obviously, it would have been great if he had won the stage, but Meersman was the fastest today. We did everything right. We were beat by someone who was faster.
We have no one for the queen stage tomorrow, so we’ll sit back and let the overall contenders fight it out for the win. Svein and Durbo especially will want to take it easy. They have a big objective on Sunday with the individual time trial, and they’ll rest as much as they can so they can have a good crack on the last day.”